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October 21, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers with out-of-state plates are much more likely to be stopped by Iowa State Patrol when they drive across the state.

The Des Moines Register reviewed (http://dmreg.co/16kJcdlhttp://dmreg.co/16kJcdl ) about 22,000 traffic warnings and tickets issued by the State Patrol between 2008 and the end of last year. About 86 percent of those tickets and warnings went to out-of-state drivers.

Some lawyers and motorists question whether the State Patrol's interest in out-of-state drivers is warranted, and they say troopers sometimes use minor offenses to conduct questionable interrogations.

But officials defend the State Patrol's practices and say the state where a car is from is only one factor considered. Sgt. Rob Mordini says troopers are also looking for suspicious behavior on the part of drivers.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.comhttp://www.desmoinesregister.com

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Iowa insurance enrollments begin trickling in

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President Barack Obama's health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new federally run online insurance marketplaces.

Detailed enrollment data isn't available because the federal government, which is running the so-called exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the new marketplaces were launched Oct. 1. But a spokeswoman for one of the two insurance companies providing insurance in Iowa through the exchange said they have had 16 people enroll using the federal website during the first two weeks.

Leigh R. McGivern , a spokeswoman for CoOportunity Health, said they expect enrollment to increase in the coming months as the federal government deals with website delays that have plagued the first few weeks of the process.

"I think patience and persistence are the words of the day," McGivern said.

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